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Basketball is one of the most popular sports in America. Kids from all races, cultures, economic states and walks of life harbor dreams of one day sinking a basketball into a hoop on a massive pro court.

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The most professional players are in California, no surprise, but other states come out on top when you compare population size to the number of players produced before they hit the big leagues.

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Surprising Finds From The Study

While California has the richest basketball background in America, the research has revealed that four states actually offer the best chance for kids to become professional basketball players based on population. Here are the four states with the highest professional basketball players per 1 million people:

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Mississippi

Mississippi tops the charts with the most number of players per 1 million playing professional basketball. The state has a small population of 2,961,536, which means that, on average, there are roughly 31 professional basketball players per 1,000,000.

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Louisiana

A small population of 4,616,106, which means that, on average, there are roughly 27 professional basketball players per 1,000,000 in Louisana. The state has one NBA team, 127 professional basketball players, and 12 Division 1 collegiate programs, most notably Louisiana State University.

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Kentucky

The Bluegrass state has a small population of 4,487,233, which means that, on average, there are roughly 26 professional basketball players per 1,000,000.  The state has 117 professional basketball players and 7 Division 1 collegiate programs, most notably the University of Kentucky.

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Indiana

The fourth best state is Indiana, which has 161 NBA and WNBA players, including eight Hall of Fame members. The state has a small population of 6,691,878, which means that, on average, there are roughly 24 professional basketball players per 1,000,000.

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